DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s exciting two-year-old trotting fillies wrap up their provincial stakes season at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening in a pair of $37,419 Trillium Series divisions.
Whatta Hotty and driver Garrett Whelan will be looking to capture their third straight Trillium win from Post 5 in the first split, but Terry Devos says the youngster will have her work cut out for her against Super Final champion Delphic.
“I wish we were in the other division,” says Devos ruefully. “She’s coming along. You’ve just got to steady her a bit and then she’s all right.”
The Langton resident bred and owns Whatta Hotty in partnership with his parents Clarence and Mary Devos of Langton and trainer Jim Whelan of Troy, and the group has been pleasantly surprised with the filly’s success. Through seven starts the daughter of Yankee Paco and $314,883 winner Our Kuli Girl has accumulated three wins, one second and one third for earnings of $53,174.
“She seemed all right, but she wasn’t as big and rugged as a couple of other two-year-olds we were training down,” recalls Devos. “She grew up quite a bit. She really stretched out. She looks pretty good now.”
Whatta Hotty heads into Friday’s skirmish off a 2:02.2 victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway in the Nov. 16 Trillium contest, where she handily disposed of Grassroots Champion Travelin Supergirl, and a 1:58.1 win in the Nov. 2 Trillium event at Woodbine Racetrack, where she edged out Gold Series regular Torch. Her other victory came in Grassroots action at Hiawatha Horse Park on Sept. 20.
“In that Trillium at Woodbine she trotted home in :27 and change,” notes Devos. “I think they’ve got her figured out now. She just wants to go too much and loses her footing.”
On the only two occasions Whatta Hotty failed to finish in the top three, she made breaks at the halfway marker. Unfortunately one of those came in the Grassroots Semifinals at Kawartha Downs on Oct. 20 and she failed to advance to the $100,000 Championship, an event her mother captured in 2000.
Although Our Kuli Girl started her broodmare career in 2002, Flamboro Downs fans have watched her return to the races this season after failing to get in foal this spring. In 16 starts the Brisco Hanover mare has recorded two wins, two seconds and two thirds.
“She went a mile in 1:57 and change the other day in Flamboro,” say Devos. “But it’s hard to find races for her, so she’s probably going back to the breeding shed.”
Devos says the group is looking at breeding the mare to one of Ontario’s top stallions — either Kadabra or Angus Hall — and are hoping she continues to pass on the kind of drive and determination that have aided Whatta Hotty this season.
The filly will put her heart to the test in the second race on Flamboro Downs’ Friday evening program, with the other Trillium division slated as Race 4. Post time at the Dundas oval is 6 pm.
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